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Design Week RI: Featured Speakers — Hannah Chung & Aidan Petrie

September 28, 2015

The problem solving nature of design combined with a user centered approach is at the crux of innovation within the healthcare industry. At two different points in their careers, RI designers Aidan Petrie and Hannah Chung are both making pivotal change in this industry by developing products that impact patient experience and human health. Join us to hear about their paths in designing for better health.


Hannah Chung

Hannah is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel, the creator of Jerry the Bear – a platform to engage children in play-based healthcare education. Sproutel has been recognized as one of 32 companies representing diversity in tech by the White House and President Obama. In 2012, Hannah was named one of the “Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc Magazine. In 2013, she won the Perfect Pitch competition at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, where Warren Buffet was one of the judges. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including Design & Emotion, TEDxSomerville, IFTF, SXSW, Big Ideas Fest, and Women@TheFrontier by Singularity University and NASA. She has also been recognized as one of 50 honored makers by the White House in 2014. Before co-founding Sproutel, Hannah co-founded Design for America, a national student organization that helps students solve local social problems through design, when she was 19. She currently sits on the Design for America advisory board as a national advisor. Hannah graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Aidan Petrie

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Aidan drives innovation in Ximedica’s core markets of medical device development and consumer healthcare.

With a focus on human-centered design, usability, technical innovation as well as industrial design Aidan has helped bring hundreds of products to market. Ranging from simple drug compliance aids to wearable therapeutics, home monitoring products and complex surgical systems, Aidan challenges his teams to rethink the role design plays in the success of each product.

Covering topics around usability, sensor and wearable technology, and current trends in medical design and development Aidan is a sought after industry speaker and widely published author.

In addition to his role at Ximedica, Aidan advises multiple startups in the healthcare space and has interests in a number of related companies. He sits on the Board of MassArt and teaches and lectures at RISD, MIT, the Harvard iLab and others.

Aidan holds an undergraduate degree from Central St Martins in Product Design/Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

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